Entertainment Weekly's Scores

For 1,802 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 15% same as the average critic
  • 20% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)
Lowest review score: 0 Ghost Shark
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 1371
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1371
1,371 tv reviews
  1. Olyphant is surrounded by a terrific supporting cast, including Dirty Sexy Money's Natalie Zea as Raylan's ex-wife and Nick Searcy (Deke Slayton in From the Earth to the Moon) as his deceptively cornpone boss. But in the end, it comes down to hard stares and that combination of drawled amusement and sudden violence that make him so cool yet exciting.
  2. The beauty part of The Larry Sanders Show is its subtlety—a kind of sophistication and knowing wickedness that compliments its knowing audience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This series is officially on fire now.
  3. This is one of the sharpest, most purely pleasurable television series ever. ... What began in 1987 (as animated filler between sketches on The Tracey Ullman Show) has become one of the medium's most dependable entertainments, a cartoon that transcended cartoonishness a long time ago.
  4. They say analyzing comedy kills it, but in this case, it's one revelation after another. Add rare footage of their early years, some non-Python TV appearances, tense on-set footage filmed during the making of their movies, and clips of their greatest hits, and you've got Monty nirvana.
  5. A sprawl of engrossing setup. [4 Apr 2014, p.61]
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  6. The sadistically hilarious summer fave returns for a new run filled with snowy, wintery obstacles (''Nana's House'' and ''Snowplow Sweeper'' are ice-cold brutal) and John Henson's subversively salty quips.
  7. Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.
  8. The best worst series on TV. [30 Sep 2005, p.89]
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  9. Thankfully, it gets a deeply satisfying last hurrah here.
  10. By the end of the opening hour, you're already engaged by Coach Taylor's challenge to turn the East Dillon stragglers into guys who can complete the phrase ''Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose'' without mumbling. And Friday Night Lights is headed for more touchdown episodes than you can count.
  11. I'd say that The Fall is a deeply moral crime thriller, but that description is too boring for a drama that's electric with suspense and erotic tension and pulpy cliff-hangers. Anderson's performance is riveting.
  12. Deadwood has become one hell of a great gimmick-free Western.
  13. Four words: Best. Eviction. Episode. Ever. The only thing that could have made it even more delicious? Zombie Chenbot.
  14. The artistic achievement of Treme is that it blends bluntness with the nuances of gorgeous music.
  15. Rugrats is such a witty, original show parents don't mind watching it with their children.
  16. [A] beautifully crafted, tough-minded hour ... I'll Fly Away has already lived up to its hype as the season's strongest new drama.
  17. Not since Freaks and Geeks has adolescent humiliation been handled so warmly.
  18. There’s something communal about Schumer’s approach to comedy. It’s not just about punchlines. It’s about conversations. And she makes the women around her seem funnier, just by letting them in on the joke. Some of the best moments happen when she’s interviewing people, inspiring the type of real talk you don’t often get to hear once you’ve outgrown the girls’ locker room.
  19. Quite aside from the fact that, snicker for snicker, belly laugh for belly laugh, it's probably the funniest show on television, Seinfeld is also one of the purest of all TV-viewing pleasures. This sitcom ... is blissfully free of creaky plots, trumped-up romances, and wise-mouthed kids. ... You get the feeling these days that Seinfeld, [Larry] David, and frequent director Tom Cherones are striving for a show in which the laughs flow with unceasing ease. Each week, they get a little closer; be there when it happens.
  20. It's not a nice show, but it's so damn good. ...Leary has invented simply one of the best characters on TV.
  21. The funniest sketch-comedy series since SCTV, In Living Color is also the hippest show on TV.
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    • 100 Critic Score
    There's only one downside to loving this series — after legal eagle Harvey Birdman struts his stuff in the courtroom, it's hard to take Law & Order seriously again.
  22. We're taught that good drama relies on characters changing over time. Here, McDormand proves that a character's refusal to change can be just as compelling, and she hints at that stubbornness in exquisitely subtle fashion.
  23. C.K. is writing, directing, and starring up a storm here, and his usual opening-segment stand-up routine, involving nearsightedness, is funnier than most sitcoms are in an entire season.
  24. Going deep allows Armisen and Brownstein to really dig in--the duo deserve Emmy attention, IMHO--and enhances, not diminishes, Portlandia's winningly weird shine. [9 Jan 2015, p.74]
  25. By the end, it's unclear which of these people are alive or dead, literally or spiritually. But The Returned still qualifies as a new zombie classic--a haunting tribute to the lost loves who feed on your brain forever.
  26. With her winning combo of nonchalance and pluck, Handler comes across as a perverted best friend confessing last night's drunken antics. The routine is shamelessly vulgar, but the profanity is judiciously placed.
  27. I love how smart and snide Silicon Valley is about ambition, and I love how the show’s actors imbue their geeky cut-outs with winsomely flawed humanity that allows us to care about them even as they undercut each other and themselves in their pursuit of success and significance.
  28. The best new series that few people in America are likely to watch. ... Stiller and his small cast of writer-players ... don't make fun of one thing at a time: They combine their subjects, creating rich layers of ridicule.

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